RJD Annual Meeting is January 4th, 2012
Journey to Excellence
Herb's Corner: Announcements
District Executive Corner: Holiday Greeting and Thoughts
Are you ready for some Klondike?
The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Buffalo
Buffalo City Council Member Kearns to Speak to Scouts
Webelos Readyman, First Aid Rally & Explorer Challenge
Okpik Coldweather Camper Program Registration Now Open
Birchbark Expeditions 2012 Canoe Adventure
"Tech Corner" - Making Pot Cozies
Troops 599 and 513 visit Florida Sea Base for an Adventure of a Lifetime!
Community Service Opportunities at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center
Newsletter Submissions Wanted!
Red Jacket Newsletter - December 2011

Red Jacket District Newsletter

News and information for the volunteers serving in the Red Jacket District of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America

December 2011

  If you would like to more information  email us.


 RJD Annual Meeting is January 4th, 2012

Red Jacket District Annual Meeting is January 4th, 2012 

All Charter Representatives are expected to be in attendance and may cast one vote at this meeting.  This meeting is open to all members of the Red Jacket District and is important to set the tone and welcome our new officers in 2012!  Come let your voices be heard!

Coffee and Networking starts at 6:30
Meeting starts promptly at 7:00 PM

>> The January meeting is held at the Birchfield Nature Center <<

For more details, location and contact information, check the Event Page >>


 Journey to Excellence

Journey to Excellence

Are you a gold unit?

Have you turned in your Journey to Excellence paperwork?

If not go to http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/awards/journeytoexcellence.aspx >>

or contact your District Executive Christina Beikirch Christina.beikirch@scouting.org 512-6201 or District Director Herb Schmidt herb.schmidt@scouting.org 512-6208

Congratulations to all of our Gold units!

Packs: 4, 48, 59, 138, 230, 251, 281, 410, 411, 416, 514, 583, 591, 593, 603, 616, 890, 1776

Troops: 120, 290, 421, 506, 591, 593


 Herb's Corner: Announcements

Herb's Corner: Announcements

"Announcements, announcements..."

Need A Spring Fundraiser?  The Council is offering a Camp Card program and we need units to help us test it.  The card costs only $5 but is worth much more to the buyer.  We would like to send a representative to discuss how this fundraiser has been so successful in other councils and can be successful for you!  Contact me at 512-6208 for more info.

Upcoming Blue & Gold Dinners and Court of Honors.  Please invite your DD, DE and district volunteers!  We want to come and visit and share in the excitement!

Red Jacket District Annual Meeting:  All Charter Representatives are expected to be in attendance and may cast one vote at this meeting.  This meeting is open to all members of the Red Jacket District and is important to set the tone and welcome our new officers in 2012!  Come let your voices be heard!  See the Event Page>> for more details.  Please RSVP to Herb Schmidt 512-6208 herb.schmidt@scouting.org

Does Your Unit Need Help?: Contact your local Commissioner team.  They are volunteers who are there to assist units with a number of needs.  Training, program support, adults support, uniform inspections, general guidance and advisement.  Contact District Commissioner Andy Loeb to be connected with your local Commissioner. Andy Loeb 705-5323, asloeb@cs.com


 District Executive Corner: Holiday Greeting and Thoughts

District Executive Corner: Holiday Greeting and Thoughts

Dear Unit Leaders,

As the Holiday Season is upon us, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you for what you do for scouting in southern Erie County.  It is because of your volunteerism that scouting is possible in your community.  You, the parents, committee members, and leaders of your units are responsible for the fantastic program that provides our youth with so many wonderful opportunities.

The Greater Niagara Frontier Council is here to support all that you do in scouting to make your program possible.  The Red Jacket District is here to provide advice, training, activities, camping opportunities, and support each and every day.  We also have a fantastic office staff that processes registrations, charters, training, advancements, tour permits, requests for proof of insurance and so much more.  GNFC also provides your unit with 3 campgrounds, a fantastic summer camp program and fund raising opportunities.

All of this at virtually no cost, as you know GNFC is a non-profit agency, which relies primarily on donations and a handful of fundraisers, to keep these services available to our volunteers and the local community.  Membership fees collected from charters are sent directly to national, and provide background checks as well as insurance to all volunteers and youth members.

With that said I would like to ask when you would like to have your Family Friends of Scouting Presentation this year.  As you may or may not know, this is our annual campaign to appeal to our families and volunteers who directly benefit from our programs.  I would ask that you schedule this as soon as possible, typically Blue and Gold Dinners and Courts of Honor are most appropriate.  Please Contact Christina Beikirch to schedule you unit’s opportunity to support this organization. Christina.beikirch@scouting.org>> or call 512-6201.

Thank you, and Happy Holidays on behalf of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council,

Christina Beikirch| Red Jacket District Executive


 Are you ready for some Klondike?

Red Jacket District Klondike Derby

January 13 – 15, 2012
Cost is $10.00
($13.00 after January 6, 2012)

Check out these awesome games:

  • Two-man Saw – Two patrol members cut through a log. 
  • Sled Race – The patrol will push/pull their sled over a set course. 
  • Atomic Snowball - scouts hold a section of gutter and pass a golf ball down the gutter from one scout to the next, until they reach the finish line.
  • Lashings –Practice your lashings before and you will be able to create this gadget (timed event).
  • Snow Ball Throw –  Throw a snowball at a target for accuracy.  Score based on points for best throw.
  • Fire Building - Build a fire from the ground and burn through a string.  Score will be based on total time.
  • Kim’s GameKnow your map symbols.
  • Animal Tracks Observe the items displayed, and then report the items. Score based on number of items reported accurately.
  • Snow Shoe Races – 6-man snowshoes – must use all 6 positions.  Score will be based on time.
  • Frisbee Jam Scouts take turns throwing and deflecting a Frisbee into a can to score points.
  • Rope Relay- Know your knots!
  • Snow Snake – Bring your stick to compete in this age old Native American game to see who can throw their stick the farthest down the snow alley. Snow permitting.

Patrols must have a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 members. 

At all events, patrols will be judged on teamwork and scout spirit in addition to event points

Required Reading: 2012 Red Jacket Klondike Manual> NEW!!!!

Cost: $10.00 per Regular Fee
$5.00 per Webelos
$5.00 for Staff
After 1/6/2012 a late fee of $3.00 will apply to all Regular Fee Registrants.

For more information or to register, visit the Klondike Event Page >>


 The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Buffalo

The Harlem Globetrotters Coming to Buffalo

THE HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
2012 WORLD TOUR
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 2012 @ 7PM

Don’t miss out on high]flying action and non]stop excitement. With blazing ball]handling wizardry, mesmerizing gravity]defying dunks, side]splitting comedy and crowd interaction, the Globetrotters captivate both the young and the young at heart. Treat your group to a wholesome family entertainment experience that will create lifelong memories and always leaves fans smiling and cheering for more….the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters!

Download the Harlem Globetrotter flier for more information or to order tickets >>


 Buffalo City Council Member Kearns to Speak to Scouts

Buffalo City Council Member Kearns to Speak to Scouts

Troop 60 is inviting the troops of the Red Jacket District to join them Feb 8th at 6:30pm at St Teresa's Parish in South Buffalo. Council member Kearns will be speaking on constitutional right and obligations as a us citizen, which will cover First Class Scout requirement 5. 

For more information or to indicate your participation, contact 

Dan Scheck Jr., Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 60 >>  or call 716 462 9761
 


 Webelos Readyman, First Aid Rally & Explorer Challenge

Webelos Readyman, First Aid Rally & Explorer Challenge

Saturday February 4, 2012

Ready Man Training: 8:30 am to Noon (great for new Scouts)
Rally - Explorer Challenge: 12:30 to 3:30 pm (optional for Webelos; required for older Scouts)

Location:  West Seneca East Middle School (between Union Rd. and Transit Rd.) 

For more information ,visit the:

Webelos Readyman First Aid Training Event Page >>

First Aid Rally & Explorer Challenge Event Page >>

 


 Okpik Coldweather Camper Program Registration Now Open

Okpik Coldweather Camper Program Registration Now Open

Okpik has two aims. To train the individual to enjoy the outdoors in a cold weather environment, and to provide the resources so they can take this experience back and train members of their unit.

Okpik Schedule

January 3, 2012. Information Meeting, 7pm at the Council Service Center.
Weekend 1 - January 21-22, Scouthaven
Weekend 2 - February 25-26, SSR

Cost is $75.

To learn more or register, visit the Okpik Event Page >>
 


 Birchbark Expeditions 2012 Canoe Adventure

Birchbark Expeditions 2012 Canoe Adventure
Sessions are filling fast- Don't miss out!

Birchbark Expeditions is a week-long, fully guided high adventure canoe experience, steeped in the rich Age of Exploration history of Southern Ontario.  The program is open to Boy Scouts and Venture Scouts at least 13 years old, holding the rank of at least First Class and a "swimmer". 

There are four week-long sessions to choose from for 2012:
Week 1: July 7th - 14th - FULL
Week 2: July 14th - 21st
Week 3: July 21st - 28th
Week 4: July 28th - August 4th

There are a limited number of crews per session, so be sure to secure your Birchbark Expedition soon!

For more information or registration, visit the Birchbark Expeditions Information Page >> 


 "Tech Corner" - Making Pot Cozies

"Tech Corner" - Making Pot Cozies

A simple and very affordable way to make lightweight and useful insulation for your backpacking pots/eating bowls. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO92ndwx5UA


 Troops 599 and 513 visit Florida Sea Base for an Adventure of a Lifetime!

Troops 599 and 513 visit Florida Sea Base for an Adventure of a Lifetime!

Troops 599 and 513 made an expedition to Florida Sea Base this last February.  Activities enjoyed by the scouts and their advisors during their adventure included: snorkeling, sailing, deep sea fishing, camping, kayaking and bridge fishing, plus an airboat ride in the Everglades.  

Where do you plan to be this February?

For more information visit the Florida Sea Base >> information page.


 Community Service Opportunities at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center

Community Service Opportunities at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center

The staff at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center has a number of shovel-ready community service projects available for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Eagle Scout Candidates.

The Burchfield Nature and Art Center (BNAC) is dedicated to providing creative and thoughtful instruction and activities to children and adults. 

The BNAC is located at 2001 Union Road, West Seneca

For more information, please contact Christina Beikirch >>


 Newsletter Submissions Wanted!

Newsletter Submissions Wanted!

This Newsletter is edited and distributed by the Red Jacket District Marketing Committee.

If you've got news, information or an interesting story to share that would be helpful for the volunteers that serve the Red Jacket District, please send your newsletter submissions to:  rjdmarketing@wnyscouting.org >